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Georgia Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Initiative

Date: January 01, 2014 — December 31, 2016

This continuing education activity is being offered as a public service through funding from the Georgia Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Initiative.


Prescription drugs that are controlled can cause patients to experience euphoria, and this can cause the patient to want to continue to take the drug for a long time and take more of the drug than was prescribed. The most recent data shows 37,000 drug overdose deaths in one year, mostly accidental. About 21,000 of those deaths involved prescription drugs. And of those 75 percent were pain killers. Abuse of prescription drugs is highest among young adults aged 18 to 25, with 5.9 percent reporting nonmedical use in the past month. We are currently in the middle of an epidemic that threatens the safety of our citizens on a daily basis.


This application based activity contains 4 audio-visual presentations with active learning exercises and a 30-question post assessment. It will take pharmacists through a the steps of identifying the scope of the problem and their role in preventing prescription drug abuse.

The program examines the current state of prescription drug abuse and it's implications, explores the 4 main goals of the Georgia Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Initiative and provides an overview of the Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

Target Audience

This program is intended for Pharmacists and other healthcare professionals who work in the area of drug abuse counseling and treatment.


To receive the continuing pharmacy education for this activity, the participant must view all 4 audio-visual presentations, participate in the active learning exercises, and successfully complete the post-test with a score of 70% or higher, then submit the online evaluation.

Participants may print a statement of credit if desired. All continuing education credit awarded is reported to CPE Monitor within 60 days of activity completion.

Financial support for this program provided by:

Special Funding from the Georgia Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Initiative (GPDAPI) as a public service to pharmacists.

Courses Offered

Course Contact Hours/CEUs
Pharmacist’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Training Module(details) 3.0/0.3

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